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Grown Up Stuff You Need to Be Doing

Aren’t you tired of everyone telling you what you need to do?  Geez, like you don’t know.

OK, I’m not the boss of you but as your friend, your Mommy Friend, I’m going to run down a few grown up things we all need to be doing to protect ourselves and our families.

I’m not going to lie and tell you this stuff is fun or free, because most of it isn’t. If you read this post and plan on tackling even one of these things and ignoring the rest, I’ll sleep with a clear conscious knowing I did my part.

Oh, a disclaimer thingy: I am not a lawyer, a doctor or a financial adviser so if you ask me anything specific I’ll tell you to take it to Google. That’s what I do.

Here we go friends; you’ll totally thank me someday.

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  • Start saving for college (yes, already!) 1 of 7
    Start saving for college (yes, already!)
    I know it seems like a long way off but your toddler will be ready to start college before you know it. Whether you choose to invest in a 529 educational savings plan or simply save your nickels, get started today.
  • Find some balance 2 of 7
    Find some balance
    Finding balance between work and home isn't easy. Take the time to prioritize your responsibilities and establish a few practical goals to help you stay focused.
  • Think about the unthinkable 3 of 7
    Think about the unthinkable
    Nobody wants to establish a Last Will, Living Trust or Living Will (yep, all different) but it's important that you do. Do some reseach and create a plan that works for you and your family.
  • Love yourself 4 of 7
    Love yourself
    There has never been another you and your children think you're the greatest (even when you have your doubts). Take a moment every day to celebrate awesome you!
  • Take care of yourself 5 of 7
    Take care of yourself
    If you have a heath condition, stay on top of it. If you feel crummy, get seen. If it's been a while since you've seen a doctor, go. You deserve to feel good and be around for a long, long time.
  • Get life insurance 6 of 7
    Get life insurance
    Protecting your family's financial future in the event of a tragedy might just be one of the most important things you ever do.
  • Save for your retirement 7 of 7
    Save for your retirement
    In these tough economic times it's hard to think about next month, let alone your retirement. If your employer offers a 401K, participate! If they don't, consider opening a retirement savings account.

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Any other grown up things we should be doing for our families? Sound off!

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